12 June 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

One or two slight showers today: less wind + round from N.W. to S.W. + then W. but still cold + unseasonable. I started in the car as it was raining + went to Dunreay + Congregational Manse (Smith1, strained instep) + Malkin2, Linglie View but as it faired I took the bicycle to Fairnilea. Missed the ordination of Elders which took place today. Mrs Malkin (Jean Christy) had symptoms of appendicitis + I asked D.3 to see her. He agreed + operated at Viewfield between 5 + 6. It was very messy as the appendix was full of pus. D. was at Yair + then at Shaws farm. Helen4 + Peter5 lunched at Viewfield + Dora6 had tea there. Sister Waugh7 is back + has her mother with her.

1 The Reverend Richard Smith was Tenant of the Congregational Manse, Russell Place, Selkirk [1921 Valuation Roll, VR007900012-/141, Selkirk Burgh, page 141 of 644]

2 Jeannie Clark Malkin née Christie (1893-1986); the family stayed at Scott Crescent, Selkirk so unless the house was named Linglie View she must have taken ill away from home

3 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

5 Peter Allan is not (yet) identified

6 Andrina Dorothy ‘Dora’ Muir (1882-1978), nurse and Dr Muir’s youngest daughter

7 Nurse (or Sister) Waugh is not identified though she has been referred to a number of times in these Diaries

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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